The Orange Women will play a friendly match against Zambia next month. The team of national coach Andries Jonker will meet the African country on Thursday, October 6 in Breda.
The Netherlands also played against Zambia at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in July last year. The 2017 European champion then booked a monster victory: 10-3. Vivianne Miedema scored four times in that match.
Last week it was already announced that the Orange Women will also play a friendly against Norway next month. That match is scheduled for Tuesday 11 October in The Hague.
The games against Zambia and Norway will be the first games for the Netherlands since the team qualified for next year’s World Cup. The vice world champion did that at the beginning of this month in a thriller against Iceland.
The Orange squad was 1-0 too strong for direct competitor Iceland in Utrecht. Esmee Brugts only scored the winning goal in the injury time of the second half, so that the Netherlands qualified directly for the World Cup as group winner.
Zambia qualified for the World Cup for the first time in July by reaching the African Cup semi-final. The World Cup will be held in Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to August 20, 2023.